Panic in police, as more retirement looms

FEAR has gripped the Nigerian Police Force, following the retirement of 21 Assistant Inspectors of  General of Police (AIGs), on Friday.

Informed police source revealed to Sunday Tribune that panic has now gripped the force on who next would be affected.

The source disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Police Service Commission (PSC) to go into records of the senior police officers and identify those who had one time or the other being involved in any corruption case.

According to the source, the president further directed that all police officers must begin on a clean note, as his administration has no room for corruption.

Sunday Tribune reliably gathered that the retirement of the AIGs followed the directive given to the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, specifying that all AIGs senior to him should be retired.

Already, Deputy Inspectors General of Police (DIGs) have retired, following the retirement of the former IGP Solomon Arase.

The source said that the PSC has already started screening seven new DIGs to form the management team to be headed by IGP Idris.

It was reliably gathered that the new DIGs would be named at the meeting of the PSC scheduled for early this week, while the AIGs to man the zones would also be named.

The source added that some Commissioners of Police (CPs) might be elevated to the position of DIGs to represent their geographical zones.

Following the retirement, a lot of vacancies have been created in the top echelon of the force, which would warrant the elevation of the officers to fill the vacancies.